Original Article – Research
Evaluation of Intra-Abdominal Pressure in Horses That Crib
Article first published online: 22 APR 2013
© Copyright 2013 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 42, Issue 6, pages 658–662, August 2013
How to Cite
Albanese, V., Munsterman, A. S., DeGraves, F. J. and Hanson, R. R. (2013), Evaluation of Intra-Abdominal Pressure in Horses That Crib. Veterinary Surgery, 42: 658–662. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2013.12019.x
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 22 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 1 SEP 2012
- ACVS Research Foundation
To measure intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) in horses that crib and compare it with IAP in horses that do not have this vice.
Healthy cribbing horses (cribbing cohort, n = 8) and 8 healthy noncribbing horses (noncribbing cohort).
A microsensor catheter was introduced into the peritoneal cavity through the right paralumbar fossa, using local anesthesia, for measurement of IAP. These pressures were recorded in 1-minute intervals for 2 hours, while the horses were standing tied in a stall. IAPs of cribbing horses were compared to the noncribbing cohort.
Baseline IAPs were not significantly different between cribbing and noncribbing cohorts (P = .076); however, IAPs in the cribbing cohort were significantly increased when compared with the noncribbing cohort, during active cribbing behavior (P = .0016). Frequency of cribbing was not associated with increased IAP (P = .35). IAPs in the cribbing cohort remained significantly elevated compared with the noncribbing cohort, even after the behavior had ceased (P = .0002).
Cribbing is associated with increased IAP in the horse, both during and after the behavior.